Agate Harbor

Photo courtesy of Ryan Holt
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Agate Harbor Paddle – 4 ½ -5 hours (Half Day)

  • Explore finger bays & barrier islands!
  • Minimum of 2 participants per tour (please call if you’re traveling solo and want to join existing tour)
  • Lunch is included


Navigate an area of the Keweenaw Peninsula which most closely resembles the shoreline of its sister rock, Isle Royale. We’ll launch from a rocky beach and explore a chain of barrier islands, the “arch rock”, finger bays and view the spiny ridgelines that parallel the peninsula. On calm water days, paddlers can view the remnants of the City of St. Joseph in about 20′-30’ of water. The 254′ barge was lost on the shallow reef during a northwest gale in September of 1942.

We lucked out with temps in the high 70s and sunny blue skies during the last weekend of September. We were visiting our Tech students and decided to try a kayak tour in addition to our usual hiking and cruising through the Keweenaw. We were so pleased with our entire experience, from booking the trip, to getting set up with gear, to our fantastic guide. This definitely tops our list of great ways to take in the beautiful fall colors!

What do I bring sea kayaking?

To ensure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we suggest that you bring the following:

  • A synthetic top such as polyester, polypropylene or capaline. Fleece is great for cooler days or evenings. Cotton should be avoided.
  • Shorts or a swimsuit that a wetsuit can be slipped over.
  • Water-shoes or sandals. Participants can choose to go barefoot if they desire. Shoes with laces are not allowed!
  • Hat for shade when it’s sunny. Cap for warmth if it’s cool.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water – a pint is sufficient for most.
  • Camera – take advantage of the many photo opportunities while on ‘da Big Lake!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory because of Lake Superior’s cold water. Drybags are also available for your use, though participants assume their own risk for damaged or lost goods.
  • Weight Limits: There is a minimum of 80lbs and a maximum of 280lbs.
  • Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours of the scheduled tour.
  • All tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
  • Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a trip… customers find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in  a heavy down pour or if thunderstorms are present.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.

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What do I bring sea kayaking?

To ensure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we suggest that you bring the following:

  • A synthetic top such as polyester, polypropylene or capaline. Fleece is great for cooler days or evenings. Cotton should be avoided.
  • Shorts or a swimsuit that a wetsuit can be slipped over.
  • Water-shoes or sandals. Participants can choose to go barefoot if they desire. Shoes with laces are not allowed!
  • Hat for shade when it’s sunny. Cap for warmth if it’s cool.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water – a pint is sufficient for most.
  • Camera – take advantage of the many photo opportunities while on ‘da Big Lake!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory because of Lake Superior’s cold water. Drybags are also available for your use, though participants assume their own risk for damaged or lost goods.
  • Weight Limits: There is a minimum of 80lbs and a maximum of 280lbs.
  • Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours of the scheduled tour.
  • All tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
  • Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a trip… customers find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in  a heavy down pour or if thunderstorms are present.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.